Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose is focused on empowering, educating and inspiring women through a lens of purpose beyond profit and using the vehicle of business for the greater good of the world. Join the Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose team and their guests as they share, guide and support you to elevate and amplify your story.
As a strong believer in business as a force for good to drive significant positive change in the space of Sustainability, combating climate change and alleviating poverty, Jemma believes that through collective action we can shape and create a healthier world.
An Intrapreneur in her role as Group Marketing Director at EcoStore she is championing her focus on people and the planet to re make and rebuild the new norm.
Unpacking your mind, spirit and heart.
Our founder, Catherine van der Meulen has been avidly journaling for the last 15 years and began to see a thread of conversations with others who had the same great love for it, felt the benefits and used it as a daily ritual.
This podcast not only shares Erica Austin, Jess Stuart and Fiona Deehan’s perspectives but also supported with the facts, the research and the science and some tangible actions to help you to step into it.
Over the years before launching Better Packaging Co. she became aware and horrified at the amount of packaging waste being generated by the eCommerce industry and began researching sustainable packaging options.
Determined to improve the state of the environment their solutions consider the complete life cycle from raw materials to the end of life disposal.
As the founder of CR&Co which she launched just weeks before the world restructured with COVID 19, Cassie has learnt how to adapt, build resilience and build more than one version of a business plan. At the heart of who she is, is an unwavering belief that good business can do great things to bring out the best in extraordinary people. And that the world needs more #kindnesswarriors
With a strong call for action from Women from all across New Zealand to work together, collaborate and get creative with our thinking for our future, Victoria has learnt this through her many life roles, hats and experiences.
As a business woman and company director her life roles have included The President of Aucklands Northern Club, serving as a councillor on the former Auckland City Council, multiple independent directorships across commercial and charitable enterprises.
As an entrepreneur in 2007, Victoria founded Cityhop - New Zealand’s first car sharing service which aligned to her environmental values and reducing our Impact.
Aimee has a great love of data, governance and ethics and how they have all collided to create a fascinating career. Her career has culminated with a keen interest in and knowledge of openX - open data, open government and civic technology and has worked for a number of New Zealand’e most prominent scientific, internet and tech organisations.
Fiona first connected to Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose with a curious and inquisitive mind.
In the first series of podcasts one of the topics that appeared were aligned to values and the value that Curiosity and Worthiness play in her life and business.
We were keen to unpack these further and share with our community their meaning and how we can best use these values to build successful organisations.
Pep Talk Media was born from a raw place for Nadine, who had been working to define her path and life’s purpose.
She was amazed after reigniting the flame on her recently launched magazine Pep Talk that everything just went in a state of flow when she had finally curated The Why? The How? And the What?
After establishing that she in fact wears 9 hats in her life roles, Michelle is one incredibly busy woman even though at the moment she feels she has more time, which is a wonderful state to be in.
As a digital innovator for Impact and Transformational Leadership, Michelle is best known for her role as CEO of Kilmarnock where she transitioned it from a charity based model to one of NZ’s leading social enterprises.
She has recently returned to the telecommunications sector again leading transformational impact at Vodafone to have positive impact for communities across New Zealand.
In a very reflective state, Mai joined us on Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose to share the most important things that she has learnt at this time of change, and where she will focus her energy next to have the most positive impact.
As the Managing Partner of Chen Palmer, Mai is a New Zealand constitutional and administrative law expert, Professor at the University of Auckland School of Law, Director of BNZ amongst many other leading roles.
As an accounting and impact reporting firm for purpose driven businesses, Lisa has cultivated her business with a focus on social impact as the driving force behind the launch. With a mission to support at risk children, the profit from her business is injected into projects to create a better future.
Nicola spent 15 years understanding shoppers behaviours in the supermarket to orchestrate things to make people buy more and drive consumption. Something that she never thought to question.
Mainstream Green was born as a social enterprise to use her understanding of human behaviour to get people to consume less.
With a mission to educate a shift in thinking to support people in making better and more informed choices before purchases.
Elisha began her career as a Lawyer at a firm in Wellington before realising that the world had another calling for her. Like all great stories there was a catalyst and a desire for change, and she began to learn more about the Social Enterprise model to create Nisa, an underwear label that aims to help women from the bottom up. Sewn by women from a refugee background, they are on a mission to provide meaningful and interesting paid work while making kick ass undies.
With many life roles and hats being worn at any given time, Melissa started her journey as an Entrepreneur at the age of 20.
As a single mother and a 2 year old in toe she launched her first entrepreneurial venture as she wasn’t able to afford child care.
Now Melissa is the Chair of Little Yellow Bird, the Deputy Chair of RadioNZ, an Independent Director of Beef + Lamb to name just a few.
She is continually growing her educational mindset to lead with both heart and mind through personal and professional development.
Abbie a Reynolds has cared about the environment and equity since she was young. From helping out on a Whale Stranding mission at 15 to setting up a paper recycling program at school at 16. Her focus has always been on creating a world where nature and people flourish. Whilst leading the Council, she was the key architect of the Climate Leaders Coalition and presented to the UN on Aotearoa New Zealand’s performance against the Sustainable Development Goals.
Previously the Executive Director of the Sustainable Business Council, Abbie now promotes sustainability, climate change action & systems change for a better future for the people and nature of Aotearoa. She was a 2019 Woman of Influence winner, and now serves as a Trustee for Voyce Whakarongo Mai and on Westpac's Sustainability Advisory Panel.
Although on first glance you may think that Double Denim may well be an uber chic street wear label, this savvy female lead duet is an independent creative agency specialising in gender intelligence.
With a bold statement made that they ‘Know Women’ it comes from having convinced thousands to dance in Lycra to a Bon Jovi classic in Cathedral Square, starting a dating revolution, writing a personal memoir about sailing across the world with a one year old founding the Ace Lady Network and of course Double Denim.
Dorenda is a challenger and future thinker, helping people who want to make a difference to see the reality of, and opportunities within, the big picture. With experience in the design space and as founder of The Britten Institute, her goal is to reframe design around a set of principles that apply to any sector of human enterprise that will secure our environmental, social and financial future.
As a financial advisor, financial wellness warrior and keynote speaker, Carissa believes that financial resilience is only born when we have a Plan B. A Plan B meaning to have assessed your risks, access to cash reserves, and have the welfare of your team at the centre of all of your business decisions.
In 2019, Annika was shocked to be awarded Westpac Young Woman of Influence a Award after her then boss and partner conspired and nominated her. As a key advocate to supporting more New Zealanders to go beneath the surface of the water to explore the great depths of the ocean, she is leading this through her role at Blake NZ as a Virtual Reality Environmental Educator.
Dignity NZ is a true social enterprise creating access to sanitary items for all women. With a buy one give one model, corporate workplaces across NZ give their teams access to sanitary items to ensure young girls in High school are provided with the equivalent products.
A key and intrinsic part of the Dignity NZ model focus' on Corporate Partnerships resulting in hundreds of new schools, womens organisations and youth organisations having access to products and as a result of the Dignity initiative women in the corporates feeling 85% more personally supported and 72% of the schools have reported that the students were able to stay at school during their period.
Jacinta was the campaign lead for Positive Periods and has teamed up with others in the period industry to start a campaign calling on the government to commit to better menstrual education and to provide access to period products for all students.
With a passion and two decades of experience in personal development, Jess has a strong focus on mindfulness, achieving authentic and meaningful success, change and resilience to unlock the true potential in people.
FLORA was founded to help educate and influence the community on sustainable living through Flora’s knowledge of plants and the eco system. With a passion for plants, nature and people she has created handcrafted and unique products that encourage all New Zealanders to begin their journey to self sufficiency by growing their own plants.
As an entrepreneur, designer and storyteller Kat Gee is not only creative and dynamic but a savvy business woman. After selling Kagi Jewellrey a few years ago she is currently mastering the art of full time parenting.
Small and medium sized businesses from across New Zealand are the heart beat to the country. Through this Podcast we unpack some of the tools, strategies and resources to creating a sustainable organisation design for the future.
As an experience curator, social entrepreneur, facilitator, architecture graduate, photographer and #ChChAmbassador - Erica is certainly a multi - potentialite. Combining her knowledge in architecture, her ability to deliver high level events, conferences and festivals, and experiences in the Start Up ecosystem to be Chief Experience Curator at E.A.!Curation all whilst juggling a new born baby.
As a leading voice in New Zealand agriculture, Sarah has worked for a decade behind and in front of the camera in rural media, recognised for her extraordinary commitment to telling an often untold story about how our food and fibre is produced.
As the founder of Ngatahi (meaning to come together) Hannah spends her days focused on social impact projects and empowers organisations to consider their role in building a better world and amplifying their influence.
As the President of UN Women Aotearoa New Zealand leads and drives the organisation to have positive impact on 4 key focus areas including Women’s Economic Empowerment which is the key project that Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose supports through the profit from our launch series.
After connecting on Linked In on the topic of Purpose, Dr. Anita Perkins and our founder Catherine van der Meulen explored Anita’s own Hero’s Journey, her unique education and what enabling social and environmental change through words and connection means to her.
Bridget Williams founded Bead and Proceed after leaving a career as a solicitor. With a vision to bring more awareness and ultimately more impact through the UN Sustainability Development Goals by connecting people through a creative process.
Becky Lloyd is the CEO of Toitu Envirocare and is a passionate leader with a mandate for New Zealand to be Carbon Zero by 2050. With this mission embedded into her spirit, Becky shares how she began this journey, whats important to her, how she educated herself in areas of interest to empower her to take on such a key role for what the world is crying out for.